Speaking History

Moderator at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2015

Session Information

Karen Gordon Mills

23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration & Senior Fellow
Harvard Business School
Speaking History

Moderator at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2015

Session Information

Karen served in President Barack Obama's Cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 to 2013. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In 2014, Karen released a comprehensive look at small business lending – The State of Small Business Lending: Credit Access During the Recovery and How Technology May Change the Game – which examined cyclical and structural issues that impeded full recovery of bank credit, as well as growing impact of the fast-emerging online lending sector.

As SBA Administrator, Karen focused on deploying the agency’s programs and initiatives to drive economic recovery among the nation’s small businesses. Notably, the agency’s loan guarantee programs -- a portfolio of more than $100 billion –- saw record lending years during her tenure.

Prior to the SBA, Mills spent 25 years in venture capital and private equity, including as a partner in several firms. She earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Additionally, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Corporation, and previously served as vice chair of the Harvard Overseers.